It’s normal to feel worried about how to keep your house safe from the virus, especially with all of the news about the spread of the coronavirus. But, we need to stand up and stay informed about all the options we have at our disposal to defend ourselves.
Believe it or not, there is still a lot of factors we don’t know related to how the virus is transmitted, or how long it remains on surfaces or in the air. Luckily, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tons of cleaning tips for limiting the survival of the virus in your environmental surfaces.
To disinfect and clean most effectively, you need to use a Cleaning and Disinfecting are the two-step sanitizing process you need to apply when you’re dealing with a virus-like COVID-19.
Step one consists of removing germs, impurities, and dirt from your surfaces, clean as usual, use water and soap on highly touched surfaces and don’t forget to wear disposable gloves during the entire cleaning process. Once you ended remember to discard those gloves.
What surfaces do you need to include in your cleaning phase? Take notes! Tables, light switches, doorknobs, handles, countertops, desks, phones, (there are more bacteria here than most toilet seats!) computer keyboards, faucets, toilets, and sinks.
Cleaning on your on doesn’t kill germs, but it can wipe them some to make them less likely to spread infection and lower their numbers.
Step two is all about killing germs using a disinfectant, but what does an effective disinfectant include? check this out: A diluted bleach solution, alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol and products labeled as “EPA-registered household disinfectants”. If your favorite disinfectant meets all these requirements then you have 50% of the work done!
Finally, you have to be sure the product is appropriate for the surface you are sanitizing, and that it’s not past its expiration date. Also, according to CDC, unexpired household bleach is really effective against the coronavirus when properly diluted.
You will know that your cleaning day is over when you throw away your disposable gloves, this is a key part of the process and you don’t want to skip it, right? Cool!
Remember to follow every instruction in the label to make sure you’re using the product in the right way and don’t mix cleaners with disinfectants unless its indicated and safe to do so.